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I'm a professional PHP programmer with almost a decade of professional experience and considerably more as a hobbyist programmer. I've also had some exposure to Java, Object Pascal and am interested in learning objective C

I've started work on a PHP framework, though it's still at a very early stage and not yet really useful. The current source is available on GitHub.

I've also begun development of a CSS3 elastic grid for use on my own projects and had published that on GitHub as well.


Oct
30
comment Should I fight a ticket I got for riding my bicycle in a crosswalk?
If the OP was riding over the crossing then he was a vehicle and in breach of traffic laws. If he was walking the bike across then he was a pedestrian and provided the light was green when he started crossing is innocent of any infractions. However, it's the OP's word against the driver's unless photographic evidence comes to light.
Oct
27
comment How much of a difference will I notice going from a Mountain bike to a road bike?
Regarding your second paragraph, I'd say it depends on the quality of the roads where you live. Where I live the roads are TERRIBLE! Full of potholes, drain covers and grates (the latter of which tend to sink a bit into the road surface crating potholes with cast iron bottoms), gashes that tend to suck narrow tires into them, bare cobblestones, etc. I don't know if a road bike wheel would last long against all that. Even my MTB has picked up a few bent spokes after only a few months of it.
Oct
27
comment How much of a difference will I notice going from a Mountain bike to a road bike?
@kaz As cars built for racing tend to have very stiff suspension with very little travel I think it's safe to assume that they do.
Oct
23
comment How can I warm up/cook food while cycling?
Concentrating on not being killed by the Audi drivers is hard enough without duct taping a George Foreman grill to your handlebars as well.
Oct
20
comment Did I buy the wrong mountain bike?
Watching the XC mountain biking events from the Olympics seemed to suggest that the pros actually prefer hardtails with no rear suspension at all, so travel isn't everything.
Oct
18
comment Why don't cyclists wear all-encompassing motorcycle-style helmets?
I'd say ears are more important in some circumstances, as your can only see where you're looking but you can hear everything, including the Audi/BMW/White Van driver barrelling up behind you with no intention of giving you any clearance when they pass you.
Oct
17
comment Optimal full-suspension design for mountain bikes?
The most efficient, strongest, most durable, stiffest and lightest suspension is no suspension at all :)
Oct
17
comment Should I get wider tyres/tires for my tour if I'm not going to go off-road?
Depends on the quality of the road surface where you're doing most of your cycling, I'd say. Where I live the roads are terrible, they're all patches and potholes and dug up regions where workmen have been fixing pipes or cables, and are deeply rutted in places, and in some places are even just cobblestones. I dare not ride a road or hybrid bike on that, even a full mountain bike's wheels have been knocked slightly out of true by it. Wider tires are less likely to get sucked into ruts or gashes in the road surface.
Oct
14
comment Chain skipping on some gears
Checking my local bike shop parts list suggests a set of rear cogs is about 10x the price of a new chain. That's expensive enough for me. :)
Oct
9
comment What are some good eating habits?
Chew with your mouth closed and don't talk with your mouth full. People will think you have poor table manners otherwise.
Oct
3
comment Deterrents against partial (component) theft
Not sure how effective that will be. My understanding is that its' opportunity that's usually the deciding factor in a bike theft, the bikes or parts that are easiest to steal will be picked off even when next to more thoroughly secured gear of higher value. Of course if it's a fancy carbon frame it may draw unwanted attention but people without a lot of experience with bikes probably couldn't tell a good one from a cheap one.
Oct
1
comment Is it safe to Cycle with an Umbrella?
I don't know about where you live, but I have never ever seen anyone in my life on a cycle with an umbrella unless it was a clown on a unicycle. Even if I had, just because everyone does it doesn't make it legal, or even a good idea. You see people cycling on the pavement all the time here even though it's very explicitly against the law to do so and it would still be a stupid idea if it wasn't. It sounds like you've already made up your mind and are looking for answers that validate your choice. Sorry but I'm not going to do that even if you claim my answer is "not useful".
Sep
29
comment Why are bike frames getting so much bigger
Also, it's a good way to offset the fact that metals such as aluminium aren't as strong as steel. An oversized ali tube still weighs less than a standard gauge steel tube for same stiffness.
Sep
27
comment Are there any high power bicycle generators?
The relationship between power and brightness is not liner with LEDs (or any other lighting tech with which I'm familiar). The more energy they consume the more gets wasted as heat. A 4 watt LED is not twice as bright as a 2 watt LED.
Sep
23
comment Basic toolkit for bicycle maintenance
Man up and get some of that gritty liquid soap :)
Sep
23
comment Is listening to music dangerous while cycling?
Thanks for sharing, nice to hear someone talk from actual experience and able to admit their own stupidity in the hopes someone else won't repeat their mistake.
Sep
23
comment Is listening to music dangerous while cycling?
It's not the lack of sound that's the problem, it's the sound that's irrelevant to the task at hand distracting your attention that's the problem. Deaf people usually do have some sense of hearing (complete deafness is rare) and can hear car horns and the like. Headphones not only drown out noises that could alert you to danger (kids, dogs, the noise of a car coming up behind far too close), they also mean not all your attention is on the task of cycling. You need your wits about you on a bike and any kind of possible distraction should be avoided at all costs.
Sep
23
comment How do I deal with a dog chasing me when I'm touring?
Pepper spray also isn't legal in all jurisdictions (it's not in the UK for example)
Sep
21
comment What does “modulate” mean when referring to brakes?
and if you lock the front wheel, especially on a downhill slope, you stand a pretty good chance of damaging your face!
Sep
10
comment What are the main differences between road saddles and mountain saddles?
Not so sure about that one, the saddle on the mountain bike I bought recently was one of those skinny things and I had to replace it with something wider because I like my butthurt to be the kind caused by getting into arguments on the internet rather than having an actually hurting butt :)